Maritime Heritage Minnesota (MHM) conducted a side and down-imaging sonar survey of Aitkin County in August 2010 as part of the Mississippi River Aitkin County Survey (MRACS) Project. With the completion of the MRACS Project, the 104-mile portion of the Mississippi River in Aitkin County was the first section of any body of water in Minnesota to be systematically surveyed archaeologically using sonar. Prior to the MRACS Project, two steamboat wrecks sites had been identified within Aitkin Countyâs portion of the Mississippi River, the Andy Gibson (21-AK0109) and Swan (21-AK0084) in Aitkin. MHM identified three maritime archaeological sites during the MRACS Project: the Mississippi Landing Railroad Spur and Bridge Remains Site (21-AK0115), the Mississippi Landing Logging Pier Site (21-AK0116), and the Sandy River Steamboat Crib Site (21-AK0117). MHM also identified 40 submerged anomalies that may be human-made objects during the survey. Six of these anomalies were targeted during the Aitkin County Shipwrecks (ACS) Project for further scrutiny and a further goal of this project was to determine the port side survival of the Andy Gibson wreck site using SCUBA. MHM located a new wreck in Aitkin, the Red Mill Wreck (21-AK0122), and identified two more maritime archaeological sites (21-AK0123, 21-AK0124) in the Headwaters Mississippi River. This report presents the findings of the ACS Project. This project was funded by a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant, part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. In Copyright. Copyright to this work is held by Maritime Heritage Minnesota, Ann Merriman, and Christopher Olson. It cannot be downloaded and sold for profit, changed in any way, or redistributed.
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